Charlize Theron in the First Trailer for DARK PLACES

Charlize Theron

The first trailer for new Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) adaptation Dark Places, starring Charlize Theron has finally gone online.

Written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), the film wrapped principal photography some time ago and will be released in France this spring.Co-starring Corey Stoll, Tye Sheridan, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Sterling Jerins and Christina Hendricks, the film opens in France on April 8th, with no U.S. release date yet announced. I hope it gets a wide release and not some stupid limited/VOD release. Watch it.

Low key lighting looks great. Very intriguing. I like it. Check out the official synopsis for Dark Places novel:

Libby Day (Theron) was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

The book is solid, but nowhere hear as good as Gone Girl. They probably held off on this and let Gone Girl go ahead first because they want that to help bring the audience in. Here’s the official international poster for the film.

Charlize Theron Starring